Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2005 - $13



The first thing D said about this California Cab is that it's buttery with a pleasant aftertaste and a long finish. I have to agree. This is one of our new favorite wines, and is rated 87 by Wine Spectator. A little bit of tobacco, a little fruit (more than the previous wine this evening) - actually, blackberries come to mind during my sniffy-sniff.

The winemaker's notes say that the Cab (84.2%) is blended with small amounts of
Merlot (4.5%), Cabernet Franc (1.4%), Petit Verdot (2.2%), Malbec (5%) and Petite Sirah (2.7%). The notes also mention that the wine was aged first in stainless and then in oak barrels (some new, some 1-year-old American, some 3-year-old Hungarian and French) to balance the tannins, aromas, and flavors.

The wine is better alone than with my truffle oil popcorn, but it feels so luxurious to consume them together!

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